IG Metal warns of strike in steel industry


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SALZGITTER/BREMAN (DPA-AFX) – IG Metall is calling for a warning strike at steel companies on Monday. After the unsuccessful postponement of the third round of negotiations in the wage dispute in the north-west German iron and steel industry, the pressure should be increased before the fourth round of negotiations on Tuesday, the union said. At the beginning of the week, all companies in the north-west German iron and steel industry were to organize a joint steel action day.

In Lower Saxony and some places in Bremen, work has been announced for Monday. At 10:00 a.m. the warning strike rally begins at gate 5 of Peiner Trger GmbH, at 4:30 p.m. the handing out of leaflets begins with information events at all Salzgitter AG factory gates (Salzgitter). All employees of the Bremer Stahlwerke ArcelorMittal have been called on to go on warning strikes in all shifts. It begins at 10:00 am for morning and day shifts and ends at 4:00 pm for late shifts. At 11:30 a.m. there will be a rally at Gate 1.

Negotiations between employers and IG Metall were adjourned on Friday without a result. The employers’ offer to pay 4.7 percent more wages over 21 months is far removed from the demands of the union, as IG Metall announced. The Sangh had already underpinned its demands of 8.2 percent in the past few days with a strike warning.

The tariff area of ​​the north-west German steel industry consists mainly of North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony and Bremen. According to IG Metall, the industry employs 68,000 people./koe/DP/zb

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